solar plexus


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solar plexus

n.
1. The large network of sympathetic nerves and ganglia located in the peritoneal cavity behind the stomach and having branching tracts that supply nerves to the abdominal viscera.
2. The pit of the stomach.

[From its radially branching ganglia.]
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solar plexus

n
1. (Anatomy) anatomy Also called: coeliac plexus the network of sympathetic nerves situated behind the stomach that supply the abdominal organs
2. (Anatomy) (not in technical usage) the part of the stomach beneath the diaphragm; pit of the stomach
[C18: referring to resemblance between the radial network of nerves and ganglia and the rays of the sun]
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so′lar plex′us


n.
1. a network of nerves at the upper part of the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the aorta.
2. a point on the stomach wall just below the sternum where a blow will affect this network.
[1765–75; from the raylike pattern of the nerve fibers]
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Noun1.solar plexus - a large plexus of sympathetic nerves in the abdomen behind the stomachsolar plexus - a large plexus of sympathetic nerves in the abdomen behind the stomach
nerve plexus - a network of intersecting nerves
sympathetic nervous system - originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart; contracts blood vessels
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Translations

solar plexus

[ˌsəʊləˈplɛksəs] n (Anat) → plesso solare
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He searched out her solar plexus, and did no more than snap his middle finger against it.
"Well, this can't hurt me," she gritted through her teeth, as she assailed his solar plexus with her doubled fists.
As another and greater fighter had done before him, he might do a right and left, to solar plexus and across the jaw.
'The fact that we cannot meet without your endeavouring to plant a temperamental left jab on my spiritual solar plexus encourages me to think that you are beginning at last to understand that we are affinities.
The coeliac plexus, also known as the solar plexus, consists of a group of ganglia and complex interconnecting nerve fibres.
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Years after the composer's death, Stravinsky pronounced the work "the solar plexus as well as the mind of early twentieth-century music."
For supporters used to a lengthy litany of disappointment, this loss felt like one almighty punch in the solar plexus.
There was a heated argument when her boyfriend found Hughes there "and took a golf club to your solar plexus".
They come in peace, then sock you in the solar plexus. Read them; you'll see.
That was tough enough for Stoke to take, but the late intervention of South Korean Lee - the man from Seoul - was like a sledgehammer to the solar plexus for boss Mark Hughes.
O'Brien hit Pape in the solar plexus in the first minute of Ireland's 24-9 victory over France on Sunday, with Les Bleus boss Philippe Saint-Andre later branding the incident an "assault".